Crochet Cotton Baby Cloth
If you are new to crochet and want to have a go at practising the basic stitches while following a pattern – then this is a little project for you. This cotton baby cloth uses the first techniques and stitches you need to master; chain, double crochet, trebles and slip stitch. It also introduces the shell stitch for edging. It is simple to make in a couple of evenings and can be used for your baby or around the house.
ch chain; dc double crochet; ss slip stitch; rep repeat; st(s) stitch(es).
Yarn: double knitting – cotton, in two colours of your choice (less than 25g of each).
Foundation row, 35ch, plus 1ch.
Round 1: 1dc in each st to end. (35)
Round 2-3: 2ch, 1trb into each st to end.
Round 4-5: Change colour then repeat rows 2-3.
Continue for another 8 rounds (each round being 2 rows of each colour), until you have 5 rows in one colour and 5 in the other (20 rows in total). This makes a square cloth.
Right vertical edge
Rejoin first colour to bottom right hand corner.
1 ch, then 1dc in each stitch up the right hand vertical edge, picking out even spaces to crochet 40dc into.
Turn the corner to begin the shell stitch edging along the top.
Shell stitch along the top edge
1dc into first st. * Miss 1 st, 6 trb into next st (trebles will fan around to make shell shape). Miss 1dc, ss into next st.
Repeat from * to end of edge. You will form 8 shell shapes. End with a ss from the final shell, before you turn the corner to work down the left vertical edge.
Left vertical edge
1ch, 1dc all down edge, picking out even spaces to crochet 40dc into.
Shell stitch along the bottom edge
Turn corner, 1dc, then make 8 shell shapes along the bottom by following instructions for * as above.